Monday, 75% of Associated Press voters left the Pac-12 Champion Oregon Ducks off their ballots entirely heading into the conference tournament.
That looks sillier by the day.
Top-seeded Oregon (20-5) showed why it won the regular-season conference championship torching the eighth-seeded Arizona State Sun Devils (11-14) 91-73 in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament.
LJ Figueroa scored 21 points on 9-16 shooting to go along with Will Richardson's 17 points and Eugene Omoruyi's 15 points. AP Pac-12 Player of the Year Chris Duarte scored just six points but he hit shots when needed in the first half.
The contest was close at the beginning with both teams tied at 19 apiece but then the Ducks went on a 38-21 run to blow the game wide open. In the first half, Oregon went on a 10-0 run in just 1:46 with nearly all points coming in the paint.
In fact all contest, the Ducks used backside cuts to get easy shots at the rim leading to 48 points in the paint, including six dunks.
Preseason All-American and All-Pac-12 First Team guard Remy Martin, who scored 30 against the Ducks in their regular-season matchup, scored just 16 points Thursday in likely his last game as a Sun Devil. Most of that scoring came in garbage time.
Alonzo Verge Jr. had a season-high 28 points on 48% from the field, but he was a horrid 2-11 from three-point range. Arizona State shot 33% from beyond the arc overall.
Oregon will play the winner of UCLA and Oregon State in the semifinals at 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, March 12th on Pac-12 Network.